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The power of collaboration

The Machine Shop is the collaborative workspace co-founded by four independent creative studios as a shared studio space, with room for a few like-minded creative folks to join us along the way. Located in downtown Colorado Springs, this former automotive garage is now home to artists, architects, developers, designers, writers and video wizards.

So, can you fix my car?

Probably not. Our name is an homage to our studio’s history. Nicknamed “The Machine Shop” by the hard-working folks who worked here in decades past, our workspace still embodies the same roll-up-our-sleeves, straight-talking, fix-it-better mentality as our predecessors. But, with 100% more creativity and a whole lot less axle grease.

You’ll find us doing creative work for clients, sharing ideas, throwing events, eating tacos, collaborating on projects, hosting artists, and sending a signal boost to the creative greatness in our community.

Nuts & Bolts

Creativity

Although we’re independent companies with a range of skill sets, we share one important trait: creativity. We put every ounce of energy into creating/building/designing/capturing creative responses for our clients and (we hope) for the betterment of our world.

Collaboration

In the immortal words of Vanilla Ice, we like to “stop, collaborate and listen.” We think that working together when projects call for it, sharing our lives, work and ideas can only lead to good things, except for when someone plays Ice Ice Baby on the stereo.

Community

We love Colorado Springs, and part of our mission is to find ways to collaborate not only with each other, but with you. From events, classes, our artist-in-residence program and ideas we haven’t dreamed up yet, we’ve got big plans for all of us.

The Machinists

We’ve got anchor companies who founded and share our space, along with a quarterly artist-in-residence
and a few like-minded creative folks who work alongside us or drop in to collaborate.

Design Rangers

Field guides to the creative world.

Design Rangers Website

ECHO

Architecture + interiors that embody culture, craft, and sustainability.

ECHO Website

FIXER

Brand Design Studio

FIXER Website

AIGA Colorado Springs

Our local outpost of the national association of design. Committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force.

AIGA Colorado Springs Website

The goal of the Machine Shop’s residency is to support local artists in their process as well as encourage creativity within our space.

The Space

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Upcoming Events

RETROSPECTIVE: 5 Years of Studio Residencies at the Machine Shop

The Machine Shop is celebrating 5 years of studio residencies.  Past residents include Chris Alvarez, Morgan Bak, Laura BenAmots, Courtney Caldwell, Hunter Chambers, Su Cho, Troy DeRose, Briget Heidmous, Tara Kelley-Cruz, Meg Larmie, Valerie Lloyd, John Mark Lohner, Cathleen Meadows, Elizabeth Selby, JD Sell, Claire Swinford, Trevor Thomas, and Tim Thornton.  Current work will on be display. Each artist has a unique voice in which only visual art can speak; this… Read more »

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Join the Machine

Although we’re not a traditional open coworking space, everyone can join “the Machine.”

Have an idea? An event? A project you need one or all of us to work on?
Drop us a line. Our (enormous) front door is wide open.

We occasionally have a space or two for some like-minded creatives, but we also will have events, classes, art shows, and an artist-in-residence program that we’d love to have you be part of.

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